Should I purchase bookshelves or a soundbar? I know the traditional advice would be bookshelves, but I am hampered by extremely sub-optimal room design and thus sub-optimal options for speaker placement.
My room setup can be described as follows: the room is a rectangle, 15 ft. by 14 ft.. The northern and southern walls (i.e., the horizontal lines) are 15 ft., while the eastern and western walls are 14 ft. However, remove the eastern wall – there is no wall there because the room opens into a kitchen area for another 10 feet or so. My couch is in the middle of the room (ignoring the kitchen space) on the southern wall and the TV is directly across from the center of the couch along the northern wall. Because the northern wall is pockmarked with closet doors, however, the speakers can be place no more than 1.5 feet from either edge of the TV (or about 3.5 feet from the center of the TV).
My intended uses, in order of priority, are (1) TV, (2) music, (3) movies. I need a complete system (I’m starting from scratch) in the sub-$1,000 range, preferably around $500 or less but I"m flexible.
Given that, should I purchase a set of speakers or a soundbar? It seems to me that the room layout is bad for both speakers and a soundbar, but at least the soundbar is designed around the constraint of having the speakers very nearly next to each other.
At this point, I’m considering the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR (the new Andrew Jones-designed speakers) for the bookshelves and the Yamaha YSP-2200 for the soundbar. I'm open to alternatives.
Assuming your recommend speakers over a soundbar, should I actually get bookshelves I mentioned or should I get the floorstanding versions? Also, do i need a center for my intended uses? A sub?
I'm very new at this, so I appreciate any suggestions.